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  • Teen removed from mother's custody for being 'too effeminate' [Venice, Italy]

    01/15/2017 10:12:47 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies ^ | 10 January 2017 10:54 CET+01:00
    An Italian court has ruled that a 13-year-old boy be removed from his mother’s custody due to an alleged “personality disorder” linked to having “almost exclusively female role models”. Venice’s Court for Minors said the boy “tries in every way to show that he is different” and described his attitude as “effeminate in a provocative way”, according to local paper Mattino Padova. A social services report said the child from Padua, northern Italy, suffered a “personality disorder” and argued that he has difficulty forming relationships due to dependence on his mother. It also detailed an incident in which the boy...
  • Venetians pack their bags as tourism takes its toll

    11/13/2016 5:33:45 AM PST · by C19fan · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 12, 2016 | Staff
    Dozens of Venetians waved maroon and yellow flags and carried empty suitcases on Saturday during a symbolic demonstration to highlight an exodus of residents from the lagoon city, where tourist hordes can make everyday life challenging. Images of narrow Venetian alleys clogged with visitors during the All Saints holiday weekend filled Italian papers last week, rekindling a debate about limiting access to the city through a booking system. Venetians have long complained that food shopping and other daily errands have become increasingly tricky as the city focuses on meeting the needs of the more than 20 million tourists who are...
  • Can We Save Venice Before It’s Too Late?

    08/30/2016 11:30:56 AM PDT · by C19fan · 93 replies
    NY Times ^ | August 29, 2016 | Salvatore Settis
    A deadly plague haunts Venice, and it’s not the cholera to which Thomas Mann’s character Gustav von Aschenbach succumbed in the Nobel laureate’s 1912 novella “Death in Venice.” A rapacious tourist monoculture threatens Venice’s existence, decimating the historic city and turning the Queen of the Adriatic into a Disneyfied shopping mall. Millions of tourists pour into Venice’s streets and canals each year, profoundly altering the population and the economy, as many native citizens are banished from the island city and those who remain have no choice but to serve in hotels, restaurants and shops selling glass souvenirs and carnival masks.
  • Muslim Migrant Screaming “It’s All Wrong!” Smashes Sacred Crucifix at Venice Church

    07/13/2016 1:09:20 PM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 29 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 07/13/2016 | Jim Hoft
    The young man of North African origin damaged an ancient Christian artifact at St. Jeremiah church in Venice. The Muslim man rushed into the church and threw the Crucifix to the floor. The Muslim broke the arms off the crucifix. Il Giornale reported: (translated) A young man of North African origin likely entered the church of St. Jeremiah and has heavily damaged the religious artifact. It was stopped by the caretaker and some faithful.“It’s wrong. It’s all wrong,” he kept repeating the young Muslims that this morning has created havoc in the church of St. Jeremiah , in Cannaregio, Venice...
  • Chinese archaeologists find evidence of the fabled imperial home of Kublai Khan's Yuan dynasty

    06/12/2016 5:24:35 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | Thursday, June 9, 2016, updated Friday, June 10, 2016 | Laura Zhou
    After the dynasty collapsed, there were no clues as to where it was and it lived on only in legend through writings such as those of 13th century Venetian merchant Marco Polo. If Polo is to be believed, the walls of "the greatest palace that ever was" were covered with gold and silver and the main hall was so large that it could easily seat 6,000 people for dinner. "The palace was made of cane supported by 200 silk cords, which could be taken to pieces and transported easily when the emperor moved," he wrote in his travel journal. It...
  • Veterans sites in California, Kentucky, Virginia damaged

    05/29/2016 11:10:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 29, 2016 2:48 AM EDT
    Memorials to veterans in a Los Angeles neighborhood and a town in Kentucky, as well as a Civil War veterans cemetery in Virginia, were damaged as the nation prepares to mark Memorial Day, officials said. A Vietnam War memorial in the Venice area of Los Angeles has been extensively defaced by graffiti. The vandalism occurred sometime during the past week, KCAL/KCBS-TV reported. The homespun memorial painted on a block-long wall on Pacific Avenue lists the names of American service members missing in action or otherwise unaccounted for in Southeast Asia. News of the vandalism came as another veterans-related memorial was...
  • Vandals Deface Vietnam War Memorial In Venice

    05/28/2016 11:19:39 AM PDT · by monkapotamus · 69 replies
    CBS Los Angeles ^ | May 27, 2016
    VENICE ( — Vandals defaced a memorial to Vietnam war veterans in Venice – an awful sight on this Memorial Day weekend. Stewart Oscars welled up as he looked at the vandalized mural located on Pacific Avenue near Sunset Court. It was covered in graffiti from end to end. “This knocked me out. So sickening. Just sadness…think of all these people. They’re gone,” Oscars said. “I remember the Vietnam war and how friends went to war, and bodies came back. Somehow, it has to be taught that this is not a good idea. This is actually stupid.” The memorial was...
  • Elton John bashes Venice mayor for withdrawing preschool books promoting homosexuality

    08/21/2015 7:15:34 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 40 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/20/15 | Sofia Vazquez-Mellado
    VENICE, ITALY, August 20, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – British singer Elton John publicly criticized Luigi Brugnaro, the mayor of Venice, for withdrawing several preschool books that promote homosexual behavior to children under the age of six. During the past weekend, John called Brugnaro "extremely silly" and "boorishly bigoted" in an Instagram post. His post also depicted one of the storybooks that, according to the rock star, promotes an “all-inclusive world where families come in all shapes, sizes and colours.” “Instead of encouraging a world based on inclusiveness, tolerance and love, he's championing a future society that's divisive and fosters ignorance,” the...
  • Taxpayers Billed $128,781 for Michelle Obama to See Cultural Sites in Venice; First lady traveling

    06/15/2015 11:24:28 AM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 6/15/15 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Hotel costs for First Lady Michelle Obama to see cultural sites in Venice during the last leg of her trip overseas is costing taxpayers $128,781. The First Lady left for London and Italy on Monday for her “Let Girls Learn” initiative and anti-obesity campaign Let’s Move. During the trip she will cook with children, visit U.S. service members stationed in Italy, and visit Prince Harry. “From London, the First Lady will travel to Milan,” according to the White House press office. “As part of her Let’s Move! initiative, the First Lady will lead a Presidential Delegation to the Milan Expo...
  • New 9/11 records offer tantalizing puzzle pieces

    07/06/2014 5:34:22 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 30 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | July 5, 2014 | Dan Christensen and Anthony Summers
    An ongoing lawsuit has pried loose new records linked to a family of Sarasota Saudis who left home in a hurry just before 9/11. It was Halloween night, 2001. The horrors of 9/11 were still fresh on the the minds of Americans. At a time when everyone was on edge, the sight of a man disposing documents in a dumpster behind a Bradenton storage facility aroused suspicion. Summoned to the scene, Manatee County sheriff’s deputies confronted the man, who had a Tunisian passport. According to FBI records, authorities searched the dumpster and found “a self-printed manual on terrorism and Jihad,...
  • Reagan Calls for End to World's Farm Subsidies

    03/07/2015 9:51:40 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 13 replies
    LA Times ^ | June 06, 1987 | |JAMES GERSTENZANG and JACK NELSON
    VENICE, Italy — President Reagan, who less than two years ago signed the most expensive farm aid bill in history, called Friday for the elimination of agricultural subsidies worldwide by the year 2000 as a way of promoting better world economic health.At the same time, Reagan said that the United States has made "real progress" in trimming its budget deficit, despite ongoing spending battles with Congress, thereby freeing for private investment abroad some of the foreign capital that has been tied up financing the U.S. debt.Reagan's remarks, made in a speech televised by Worldnet and provided to networks around the...
  • A precious remnant of Magna Graecia

    07/08/2005 12:53:38 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies · 387+ views
    Kathimerini ^ | Antonis Karkayiannis
    The Institute of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Studies in Venice is the continuation of a Greek fraternity founded in 1498 The story began in 1498, a few decades after the fall of Constantinople, when the Greeks in Venice — la nazione greca (or the Greek nation) — gained permission from the Serene Republic to create a fraternity. Merchants and simple migrants from Western Greece, refugees from Constantinople, artists and others from Venetian-ruled Crete — all were Orthodox Christians who spoke Greek. The Most Serene Republic of Venice — the Serenissima — which ruled the Eastern Mediterranean, willingly offered them asylum; first,...
  • Europe’s Secessionist Movements: Venice to Edinburgh want to break free of national governments

    04/28/2014 8:26:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/28/2014 | John Fund
    Warsaw, Poland — The debt crisis and years of barely perceptible economic growth are fueling independence movements in some regions of Europe. On September 18, Scotland will vote on becoming independent from the United Kingdom. If a majority approves, the U.K. would lose a full 10 percent of its population and a third of its landmass. Polls show that backers of independence are trailing but gaining; they now have more than 40 percent of the vote. Last month, Venice and its surrounding areas held a non-binding online referendum on independence from Italy. Of the Veneto region’s 5 million people, more...
  • Hear: Russian ambassadors talk about next annexing parts of U.S., world

    04/06/2014 1:17:28 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 30 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 4/6/2014 | David Harding
    After Crimea, what next? In an unauthenticated audio, Ambassadors Chubarov and Sergei Bakharev laugh about taking over areas in Alaska, Venice, Scotland, Catalonia and Miami. Watch out, the Russians are coming! ... The pair...joke that Russia will take control of Alaska, Venice, Scotland and Catalonia, a region of Spain which wants a vote on independence, reports The Guardian {link at URL]... The recording has been posted on Youtube, reports The Guardian [link at URL] ...
  • Venice votes to split from Italy as 89% of the city's residents opt to form a new independent state

    03/23/2014 4:45:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 72 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 03/23/2014 | By HANNAH ROBERTS IN ROME
    Venetians have voted overwhelmingly for their own sovereign state in a ‘referendum’ on independence from Italy. Inspired by Scotland’s separatist ambitions, 89 per cent of the residents of the lagoon city and its surrounding area, opted to break away from Italy in an unofficial ballot. The proposed ‘Repubblica Veneta’ would include the five million inhabitants of the Veneto region and could later expand to include parts of Lombardy, Trentino and Friuli-Venezia Giulia. The floating city has only been part of Italy for 150 years. The 1000 year–old democratic Serenissima Repubblica di Venezia, was quashed by Napoleon and was subsumed into...
  • Crimea Vote Gets Attention of Europe's Other Secession Movements

    03/22/2014 11:23:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 03/22/2014 | By MATT MOFFETT
    MADRID—When Crimeans voted to secede from Ukraine and join Russia—under the watchful gaze of Russian troops—some Spaniards viewed the drama through the lens of a conflict much closer to home. Spain's Foreign Minister José Manuel García-Margallo said "the parallelism is absolute" between Crimea and Catalonia, the wealthy industrial region that has scheduled a nonbinding referendum on independence from Spain for November. Sunday's referendum in Crimea and the one planned in Catalonia each violates its nation's constitution, Mr. Garcia-Margallo said Monday, and thus "by definition violates international law." Catalan officials ridiculed his attempt to tar Catalonia with the Crimean brush. Catalans...
  • Sunday referendum may see Venice elect to secede from Italy

    03/16/2014 9:20:39 AM PDT · by ClaytonP · 29 replies
    Voting begins Sunday on a referendum on whether Venice and its surrounding region should secede from the rest of Italy, in an attempt to restore its 1,000-year history as a sovereign republic. La Serenissima — or the Most Serene Republic of Venice — was an independent trading power for a millennium before its last leader was deposed by Napoleon in 1797.
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    02/16/2014 9:56:37 PM PST · by expat1000 · 36 replies
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  • Moustachioed Arnold Schwarzenegger goes undercover as a personal trainer (at Gold's Gym)

    01/25/2014 9:46:47 AM PST · by EveningStar · 29 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | January 22, 2014 | Sarah Bull
    'Stop being a baby - this isn't a baby gym!' Moustachioed Arnold Schwarzenegger goes undercover as a personal trainer... but his disguise doesn't soften his critiquesHe's one of the most famous bodybuilders in the world.But when Arnold Schwarzenegger stopped by a gym in Venice, California, this week, he went completely unrecognised - thanks to a nifty disguise.The 66-year-old muscle man-turned-actor-turned-politician sported a moustache and heavy dark hair in a ponytail under a baseball cap as he completed a day at Gold's Gym as Howard Kleiner - a fitness trainer and regional manager.
  • Shakespeare’s Plays Were Written By A Jewish Woman

    09/12/2013 4:21:40 AM PDT · by Renfield · 83 replies ^ | 3-13-2008 | John Hudson
    For hundreds of years, people have questioned whether William Shakespeare wrote the plays that bear his name. The mystery is fueled by the fact that his biography simply doesn't match the areas of knowledge and skill demonstrated in the plays. Nearly a hundred candidates have been suggested, but none of them fit much better. Now a new candidate named Amelia Bassano Lanier—the so-called 'Dark Lady' of the Sonnets and a member of an Italian/Jewish family—has been shown to be a perfect fit. Here are eight reasons that are sure to convince you: 1. The Most Musical Plays in the World...
  • Where is Nathan Louis Campbell's mug shot? [Vanity]

    08/05/2013 10:25:00 AM PDT · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 107 replies
    August 05, 2013 | Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
    Nathan Louis Campbell is the crazed man who plowed through crowds of people, killing a bride on her honeymoon in Santa Monica. He subsequently turned himself into police. Why hasn't the media showed Campbell's mug shot? There are a few Nathan Campbells out there, but probably not many Nathan Louis Campbells.
  • 1 dead, 11 hurt as car turns LA seaside into chaos

    08/04/2013 5:36:15 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 46 replies
    "Security video shows the man parking his black car alongside the seaside boardwalk as the sun sank, surveying the idyllic scene for several minutes before getting back into the car and speeding into the crowd. "
  • Horrific Video Shows Driver Plowing Into Crowd On Venice Beach Boardwalk (Graphic)

    08/04/2013 7:30:11 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 26 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | 8/4/13 | Jon Passantino
    A dark colored sedan can be seen pulling up to the scene in this security footage. The driver appeared to speak with pedestrians strolling to the boardwalk. The driver then exited the car to survey the scene, gets back into the vehicle and sped off toward the boardwalk.
  • Boardwalk crash: Driver was 'moving purposefully,' witnesses say (Venice Beach)

    08/03/2013 10:20:52 PM PDT · by ponygirl · 37 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Aug. 3, 2013 | Ari Bloomekatz
    A driver who witnesses described as "moving purposefully" struck a dozen people on the Venice boardwalk early Saturday evening. Two of the pedestrians were injured critically, two were categorized as having "serious" injuries and eight others suffered minor injuries, authorities said. The incident occurred about 6 p.m. at the boardwalk's intersection with Dudley Avenue. "The vehicle appeared to be moving purposefully down the boardwalk according to witnesses," said Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
  • Vatican announces its debut at Venice art festival

    05/14/2013 2:28:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    cna ^ | May 14, 2013 | Estefania Aguirre
    Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi responds to a journalist's question about the Vatican's participation in Venice's International Art Festival. Credit: Stephen Driscoll/CNA. Vatican City, May 14, 2013 / 09:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican is participating for the first time in a famous international art exposition in Venice under the theme “Creation, Un-Creation and Re-Creation,” with the aim of promoting modern dialogue on faith. The 55th edition of Venice’s Biannual Art Festival, known as the “Biennale di Venezia” in Italian, will take place June 1 to Nov. 24 and will bring together exhibits from 88 different countries. The Vatican’s contribution will...
  • FBI Report: Florida Family Had Ties to People Linked to 9/11 Attacks

    04/16/2013 8:14:49 AM PDT · by kristinn · 13 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | Tuesday, April 16, 2013 | Dan Christensen and Anthony Summers,
    A Saudi family who “fled” their Sarasota area home weeks before 9/11 had “many connections” to “individuals associated with the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001,” according to newly released FBI records. One partially declassified document, marked “secret,” lists three of those individuals and ties them to the Venice, Fla., flight school where suicide hijackers Mohamed Atta and Marwan al-Shehhi trained. Accomplice Ziad Jarrah took flying lessons at another school a block away. Atta and al-Shehhi were at the controls of the jetliners that slammed into the twin towers of New York’s World Trade Center, killing nearly 3,000 people. Jarrah was the...
  • Church blows 3 million euro on modern art

    04/14/2013 8:10:59 AM PDT · by Gillibrand · 12 replies
    Catholic Conclave ^ | 13/4/2013 | Chris Gillibrand
    At the Venice Biennale, which from 1 June takes place for the 55th time, for the first time the Vatican will be represented with its own pavilion. The Italian art and culture critic Francesco Colafemmina criticised in a statement the works selected for the artists shown there and the costs of the purchase of the exhibited works.
  • Mass rally in Venice to call for independence from Italy

    10/06/2012 12:29:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1:38PM BST 05 Oct 2012 | Nick Squires
    Two centuries after Napoleonic forces snuffed out the 1,000-year Venetian Republic, Venetians are once again aspiring to become an independent state. Inspired by the nationalist aspirations of Scotland and Catalonia, pro-independence campaigners will hold a mass rally in the heart of the lagoon city on Saturday, calling for an urgent referendum to be held on the issue. Indipendenza Veneta, a newly-founded pro-independence movement, says it expects several thousand people to turn up for the rally. …
  • 3 arrested on raw-milk charges

    08/03/2011 6:11:37 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 71 replies
    LA Times ^ | August 4, 2011 | Stuart Pfeifer and P.J. Huffstutter
    The owner of a Venice health food market and two other people were arrested on charges related to the allegedly unlawful production and sale of unpasteurized dairy products, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said. The arrests of James Cecil Stewart, Sharon Ann Palmer and Eugenie Bloch on Wednesday marked the latest effort in a government crackdown on the sale of so-called raw dairy products.
  • Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Mass for over 300,000 in Venice (Catholic Caucus)

    05/09/2011 2:01:36 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Vatican Radio ^ | May 8, 2011
    Pope Benedict XVI celebrated mass for over 300,000 people outside of Venice on Sunday. During his homily, he called on the city to remember its historic role as a bridge between cultures, and said it was particularly important in light of the phenomenon of immigration and the new geopolitical circumstances. Christopher Altieri is in Venice with the Pope, and sent this report… I was several hours early, if you reckon by the schedule. In effect, though, I was running late if you judge by the teeming multitude of humanity in which I was caught when I tried to cross the...
  • Venetians to Rome: Give us back the Grand Canal! (Simplification Minister)

    02/07/2011 3:30:50 PM PST · by decimon · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | February 7, 2011 | Writing by Philip Pullella, editing by Paul Casciato
    VENICE (Reuters Life!) – Venetians woke up on Monday to find that one of the symbols of their world famous lagoon city -- the Grand Canal -- had been stolen. "The Grand Canal has been snatched," was the way several newspaper headlines put it. It seems that a new national law intended to get rid of old, out-of-date provisions that have been on the books since Italy was a monarchy also transferred ownership of the canal from the city to the national government. Worse still, it was part of a package promoted by Roberto Calderoli -- whose title is Simplification...
  • RVs Dumping Human Waste on Venice Streets - (Los Angeles, CA)

    08/26/2010 5:55:05 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 77 replies · 2+ views
    KTLA-TV ^ | August 26, 2010 | Mary Beth McDade
    Authorities in Venice have removed about a dozen RVs from one neighborhood after complaints about human waste being dumped on the street. HazMat crews cleaned up the area around Rose and Third avenues Tuesday night after receiving complaints from Venice residents and activists. The LAPD then made the owners of about 12 RVs move them out out of the area. A local activist known as "Boston Dawna" said no one was cited. She said the RVs were back in the same spots by Wednesday morning. A woman who allegedly uncapped a sewage tank on an RV on Pacific Avenue near...
  • Gun-toting investigators raid Venice raw foods grocery

    07/28/2010 1:10:18 AM PDT · by Chet 99 · 35 replies · 2+ views
    Investigators recently entered an organic grocery with a search warrant and ordered the hemp-clad workers to put down their buckets of mashed coconut cream and to step away from the nuts. Then, guns drawn, four officers fanned out across Rawesome Foods in Venice. Skirting past the arugula and peering under crates of zucchini, they found the raid's target inside a walk-in refrigerator: unmarked jugs of raw milk. "I still can't believe they took our yogurt," said Rawesome volunteer Sea J. Jones, a few days after the raid. "There's a medical marijuana shop a couple miles away, and they're raiding us...
  • Documentary about Jesuit missionary to China screened at Venice Film Festival

    09/13/2009 5:33:44 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies · 581+ views
    cna ^ | September 12, 2009
    Fr. Matteo Ricci Related articles: Paul's Missionary Journeys & Last VoyageThursdayThursdayThursday Venice, Italy, Sep 12, 2009 / 06:13 pm (CNA).- A new documentary on the life of Fr. Matteo Ricci, a pioneering Jesuit missionary to China, was screened at the Venice Film Festival on Thursday. The film is part of a revival of interest in Ricci, whom Pope Benedict XVI has called a model for a “fruitful meeting” between civilizations.The movie, directed by Italian filmmaker Gjon Kolndrekaj, was shot in China and Italy.Political and religious dignitaries from both countries attended the screening, ANSA reports. They included the Patriarch of...
  • Hollywood goes nuts over Chavez in Venice. Please, no one mention his 'Christ-killers' remark…

    09/08/2009 10:28:46 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 5 replies · 435+ views
    Telegraph Blogs (U.K.) ^ | September 7, 2009 | Damian Thompson
    As Will Heaven reports, Hollywood and European luminaries at the Venice Film Festival are busy butt-kissing Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan dictator. He’s anti-American, you see, and Oliver Stone has made a documentary and… what’s not to like? Well, this, maybe, especially if you happen to be a Jew involved in the film industry (not unknown). It’s an extract from a speech Chavez gave at a rehabilitation centre on December 24, 2005: The world has enough for everybody, but it happened that some minorities—the descendants of those who crucified Christ, the descendants of those who ejected Bolívar from here and who...
  • Venezuela's Chavez in Venice for Oliver Stone film

    09/07/2009 10:36:01 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 489+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 9/7/09 | Reuters
    VENICE (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez arrived in Venice on Monday to attend the world premiere of Oliver Stone's documentary about him and his strained relations with the United States. "South of the Border" is a sympathetic portrait of the leader, casting him as a champion of the poor who has stood up to Washington. Chavez, surrounded by bodyguards, strolled with Stone on the Lido red carpet and signed autographs like a movie star ahead of the premiere at the Venice film festival. "What's happening in Latin America is like a Renaissance," the Venezuelan leader told reporters.
  • Italian archaeologists find lost Roman city of Altinum near Venice

    07/30/2009 8:37:00 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 30 replies · 1,702+ views
    The Times ^ | 7/31/2009 | Hannah Devlin
    The bustling harbour of Altinum near Venice was one of the richest cities of the Roman empire. But terrified by the impending invasion of the fearsome Germanic Emperor Attila the Hun, its inhabitants cut their losses and fled in AD452, leaving behind a ghost town of theatres, temples and basilicas. Altinum was never reoccupied and gradually sunk into the ground. The city lived on in Venetian folk tales and historical artefacts but its exact position, size and wealth gradually faded into obscurity. Now, using aerial photography of the region, Italian archaeologists have not only located the city, but have produced...
  • Italian authorities carry out raids against "Islamist radicals" across country

    04/03/2009 2:31:40 AM PDT · by Cindy · 14 replies · 1,124+ views
    April 2, 2009 Italian authorities carry out raids against "Islamist radicals" across country SNIPPET: "Rome, 2 April (AKI) - Twenty-six foreigners suspected of links to international terrorism as well as aiding and abetting illegal immigration are being investigated by Italian police, after raids carried out on Thursday in various Italian cities. The raids were carried out in properties around the northern cities of Vicenza, Venice, Padova, Brescia, Como, Cuneo and Trento, the central city of Florence and the southern city of Caserta. The anti-terrorism and organised crime investigators in March 2007 began probing alleged Islamic fundamentalists attending the Via Dei...
  • 'Vampire' unearthed from Venice plague grave

    03/14/2009 7:50:08 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 13 replies · 958+ views
    Italian researchers believe they have found the remains of a female "vampire" in Venice, buried with a brick jammed between her jaws to prevent her feeding on victims of a plague which swept the city in the 16th century. Matteo Borrini, an anthropologist from the University of Florence, said the discovery on the small island of Lazzaretto Nuovo in the Venice lagoon supported the medieval belief that vampires were behind the spread of plagues like the Black Death. "This is the first time that archaeology has succeeded in reconstructing the ritual of exorcism of a vampire," Mr Borrini said. "This...
  • Historic center of Venice flooded

    12/02/2008 5:08:50 AM PST · by Oyarsa · 23 replies · 824+ views
    Historic center of Venice flooded The Associated Press Monday, December 1, 2008 VENICE, Italy: Venice could use a bailout. The city built on water has too much of it. Residents and tourists waded through knee-deep water Monday as they navigated the city's narrow streets and alleys, and its historic St. Mark's Square was inundated. Boxes of tourist merchandise floated inside the flooded shops around the square and even the city's famed pigeons sought refuge on rooftops and windowsills. One of the highest tides in its history brought Venice to a virtual halt, rekindling a debate over a plan to build...
  • How the barbarians drove Romans to build Venice

    09/17/2008 10:08:24 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies · 484+ views
    The Times ^ | September 17, 2008 | Richard Owen in Rome
    The hidden ruins of an ancient lagoon city that was the ancestor of Venice have been unearthed by scientists using satellite imaging. The outlines are clearly visible about three feet below the earth in what is now open countryside... Paolo Mozzi, a researcher at the University of Padua geography department, said high-definition satellite photographs had revealed the ruins of an extensive town much closer to present day Venice at Altino -- known in Roman times as Altinum -- a little more than seven miles north of the city, close to Marco Polo airport... The newly identified ruins include streets, palaces,...
  • Venice High and Dry

    02/20/2008 2:19:35 AM PST · by Aussiebabe · 10 replies · 121+ views
    abc (Australia) and Reuters ^ | February 20, 2008 | Manuel Silvestri, Reuters
    Venice high and dry Source: Manuel Silvestri, Reuters Published: Wednesday, February 20, 2008 9:10 AEDT A boat lies immobile on mud in a Venice canal after sea levels plunged to a 14-year low on February 19, 2008. The Centro Maree, whose forecasts are vital for organising transport in Venice, said a high-pressure system set off a 'Code White' alert that signals low sea levels. Canals slipped on Monday to 80 centimetres below average sea level, the lowest since 1994.
  • Victories show Democrats' progress

    11/09/2007 7:31:33 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 6 replies · 91+ views
    Sarasota Herald-Tribune ^ | November 9, 2007 | JEREMY WALLACE
    Democrats continue to chalk up surprising victories in Sarasota County, further eroding the area's reputation as a Republican stronghold. On Tuesday, the Democratic tide rolled into the most unlikely of places: Venice. While the nonpartisan race hinged heavily on the direction of growth and development, both parties say it was still significant that the winning candidates were all Democrats. "The Democrats have a reason to crow," Sarasota Republican Party Chairman Eric Robinson said. "They won. The county is becoming more liberal."
  • Mass Plague Graves Found On Venice "Quarantine" Island

    08/30/2007 10:22:50 AM PDT · by blam · 18 replies · 1,982+ views
    National Geographic ^ | 8-29-2007 | Maria Cristina Valsecchi
    Mass Plague Graves Found on Venice "Quarantine" Island Maria Cristina Valsecchi for National Geographic News August 29, 2007 Ancient mass graves containing more than 1,500 victims of the bubonic plague have been discovered on a small island in Italy's Venetian Lagoon. Workers came across the skeletons while digging the foundation for a new museum on Lazzaretto Vecchio, a small island in the lagoon's south, located a couple of miles from Venice's famed Piazza San Marco (see a map of the Venetian Lagoon). The island is believed to be the world's first lazaret—a quarantine colony intended to help prevent the spread...
  • Gay group gathers in unexpected places

    08/24/2007 7:21:32 AM PDT · by peggybac · 34 replies · 1,577+ views
    OC Register ^ | 8/21/07 | MIREYA NAVARRO
    LOS ANGELES – In the annals of takeovers, it was among the mellowest. A group calling itself Guerrilla Gay Bar, gay men looking to crash straight hangouts with the intent of turning them predominantly gay for a moment in time, set its sights on Venice Beach one recent Saturday.
  • Venice, Italy sick of the slovenly tourists [$675 fine for slobs]

    06/05/2007 12:31:07 PM PDT · by Sleeping Beauty · 21 replies · 722+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | May 25, 2007 | Tracy Wilkinson
    Officials in Venice — as well as the handful of actual Italians still living in the lagoon city — have declared themselves fed up with a certain category of tourist: the pot-bellied, bare-chested, food-chomping, trash-spewing hordes that peak from now until autumn. To combat what they see as a scourge, Venice authorities are distributing leaflets and posting posters with a new set of rules. In St. Mark's Square, it is now forbidden to sit or recline under the porticos and on the steps along the Procuratie Nuove and the Ala Napoleonica, the buildings that ring the city's iconic St. Mark's...
  • Woman gondolier defies male club

    04/02/2007 9:28:14 PM PDT · by fishhound · 3 replies · 350+ views
    BBC ^ | Monday, 2 April 2007, 21:35 GMT 22:35 UK | na
    A German woman has won a 10-year battle to steer a gondola through Venice - the first woman to do so. Alexandra Hai, 35, successfully challenged the all-male Venice Gondola Association and city authorities. Ms Hai failed the gondola test three times - and was also fined once by police for illegal gondoliering. Ms Hai began her new job on Sunday and will be able to take tourists to small Venetian hotels. But officially she cannot claim the title "gondolier". Ms Hai, the daughter of an Algerian civil servant and a German midwife, moved to Venice from the US in...
  • Venice And Florence To Tax Visitors

    10/03/2006 7:00:37 PM PDT · by blam · 15 replies · 583+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10-4-2006 | Malcom Moore
    Venice and Florence to tax visitors By Malcolm Moore in Rome (Filed: 04/10/2006) Visitors to Venice and Florence will be taxed up to five euros (Ł3.40) each a day from next year. Every day almost as many people visit Venice as live there. The new tax is the only way to balance the books, says it mayor The cities, which attract 35 million tourists every year, have been given permission by the government to raise the tax to make up for sweeping cuts to their central funding. Massimo Cacciari, the mayor of Venice, said the new tax was the only...
  • Top directors in Venice slam Bush, Hollywood (barf alert)

    09/01/2006 3:09:44 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 25 replies · 573+ views
    Reuters ^ | September 1, 2006 | By Mike Collett-White
    VENICE (Reuters) - Top directors used the Venice Film Festival on Friday to excoriate the Bush administration, the war in Iraq and Hollywood itself, and presented three starkly different movies to express their views. Oliver Stone, in the canal city for the European promotion of "World Trade Center", said he was worried about when, if ever, the "war on terror" would end. "Many of us are concerned that it could get worse," he told reporters after a screening of his film, which has already been released in the United States. "I think things have gotten very dark," he said. "The...
  • American Family Vacation Italy - Rome, Venice, Milan Spring 2006

    06/19/2006 2:32:40 PM PDT · by schwing_wifey · 20 replies · 4,458+ views
    Personal letters home to US friends and family | Monday June 19th, 2006 | schwing_wifey
    Here we go yet again. This time we were off for a week in Italy - Rome, Venice, and Milan with our Rick Steve's Travel Guides in hand. Of all the places we've been so far, the books paid off handsomely in Italy. And next to the Swedes up in Kiruna, the Italians are some of the nicest Europeans we've met to date. No wonder so many Americans were there at the same time as we were. We land in Rome in the evening and catch a cab to the hotel. What can you say about Italian cab drivers? After...